Baton Rouge Campus
Edward Zeringue started teaching at Remington College July 2018. He is the lead instructor for the Process Technology classes. Ed brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Process Technology program. He has over 43 years in the Oil and Gas Industry. He started working in the industry in 1972 at the age of 18. He worked for United Gas Pipeline for 20 years starting out as a roughneck to becoming a Senior Communication Specialist. He attended night classes at Southeast College of Technology earning an Associate degree in Electronic Engineering. After graduating from Southeast College of Technology he became an Instructor for them teaching night classes for 20 years while working for United Gas Pipeline. He was awarded numerous awards, two of them were teacher of the year for 2000 and 2001 at Southeast College of Technology.
Brenda Joyce Boyd
I was born in Cleveland but had my formal schooling and education in Falmouth, MA where I graduated at the age of sixteen. I didn’t go to college right I away because upon my return to Ohio I made the choice of becoming a teen bride and a mother, giving birth to the three loves of my life. I have three wonderful children who couldn’t be more different and six grandchildren. Family is first and important to me.
One day I finally decided to listen to my father who believed that there were no such thing as a short cut. My educational journey began when I went to Tri-C to study Early Childhood Education. I went on to teach for a period of about seven years until I one day woke up and decided that a career change was in order that’s when I stumbled onto the steps of Remington College. Remington College did for me what holy water did for humpbacks and cripples.
I left Remington College in 1996 and a have enjoyed a career that has allowed me to work at Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the Catholic Diocese and North East Pre –Release Center. I have been at the Centers formerly known as the Free Clinic for the past twenty years. My specialty, my niche is HIV/AIDS and BMT.
I enjoy cooking, entertaining and fashion. I totally adore clothes, shoes and a good handbag. My recent accomplishments, obtaining my Bachelors of Science degree while currently trying to finish a Master’s Degree in Health Administration. Last but not least I love to teach. I think I first knew that I wanted to teach when I used to line my dolls and teddy bears up, tie pencils on their paws and hands while writing notes and lesson plans on the board.
Johnny has been an HVAC instructor since 2008, joining the Remington staff in 2015. He has been an HVAC technician for more years than he cares to admit. He enjoys teaching and he loves it when a student grasps a new concept for the first time. He treats all students equally and say hello to all the students as they enter the room. He always tries to have a smile on his face as the day begins. He is the father of 6, and loves to make old things new again, In his spare time, he enjoys making useful items out of pallet wood.
Linda joined the Remington College Faculty team May of 2015. She has been a Registered Radiology Technologist for 16 years and have worked in the clinical field at various facilities in several areas including ER, inpatient, outpatient and Mobile Radiography.
Wendy graduated from Ohio State in 1988 with a BS in PT and earned her DPT at Utica in 2013. She’s taught at Remington since 2010, where she started at Cleveland West and survived the migration of the program to the Cleveland Main Campus. She has a husband who is an engineering professor and has 2 daughters. She is an avid scrapbooker and an active member of her church. Her favorite course to teach is the rehabilitation course which is where students often put all the pieces together and have many “Aha” moments.
Mrs. Gwendolyn Ruff is one of our Medical Assistant/Medical Office Administration Instructors’. She’s been teaching at Remington College Columbia Campus for over 2 years and has a total over 8 years of teaching experience in the Medical Assisting/Medical Office Administration Programs.
Gwendolyn is an Air Force Veteran, who served in “Desert Storm”. She has an Associate’s Degree in Allied Health Sciences, received from the Community College of the Air Force. She also received her Practical Nursing Licenses, as well as her Medical Service Technician Certification, through Air Force University.
Having over 28 years of medical experience in doctor’s offices and hospitals, before returning to teaching, Gwendolyn’s served as an Office Manager for Dekalb Women’s Specialists in the Metro Atlanta, GA area. She assisted in launching the Electronic Medical Records and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) “Meaningful Measures.” The Meaningful Measures Initiative involved identifying the highest priorities to improve patient care through quality measurement and quality improvement efforts.
Regarding her teaching philosophy, Gwendolyn says, “Hands-on, guided practice is very important for the medical assisting field. Small numbers in lab help with this important part of student learning. Everyone can learn if given the right opportunity.”
The best part of her job here at Remington College, she says, are “Her Students!”
Fort Worth Campus
Mr. O’Brien’s career in healthcare began in 1980 as a Surgical Technologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he was a member of the Open Heart Surgery Team. Thomas’ career continued in Boston, MA at a VA Medical Center working as a CNA in Acute Medicine, Drug & Alcohol Detoxification, and Inpatient Psychiatry. He also worked as a Pharmacy Technician and at Beth Israel Hospital in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
Mr. O’Brien earned his ‘wings” as a crewmember flying fixed-wing aeromedical evacuation. Mr. O’Brien has also worked in Labor and Delivery, Inpatient Medicine & Pediatrics and Emergency Services. Mr. O’Brien was hand-picked by the USAF to be a Technical Training Instructor. He taught for three years at the School of Health Care Sciences at Sheppard AFB, TX. He taught a variety of topics including Anatomy & Physiology, Cardiovascular Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing, Computational Pharmacology, Medication Administration, Specimen Collection Techniques and Emergency Medicine. Additionally, he authored much of the curriculum Air Force Medics are taught. At the conclusion of this assignment, Mr. O’Brien was again hand-picked to work at the United States Air Force Academy, CO. During this assignment, he worked in Emergency Services, Internal Medicine and was in charge of the Clinical Services department at the Cadet Clinic. At the conclusion of this assignment, Mr. O’Brien was again hand-picked and reassigned to Araxos Air Base, Greece where he worked as a non-credentialed medical provider for one year. He was responsible for the health and welfare of 135 American military service personnel. Care included obtaining medical histories and performing physical examinations, diagnosing illness and injuries, and prescribing medications as appropriate. At the end of this assignment Mr. O’Brien was reassigned to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC where he was placed in charge of the Surgical Services Department and Women’s Health Clinic. The next two years, Mr. O’Brien was placed in charge of three large Family Practice clinics and one Pediatrics Clinic. At the beginning of his last year on active duty, Mr. O’Brien was placed in charge of the Aerospace Medicine and Immunizations Clinics.
In addition to working in the United States, Mr. O’Brien has served in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. The past 15 years Mr. O’Brien has worked primarily in education. He has served in a variety of roles to include: Instructor, Program Director, Health Science Chairperson, Associate Academic Dean, and Assistant Director of Education. Mr. O’Brien is a published author: Electrocardiography for Healthcare Professionals, McGraw-Hill publishing, plus an Editor and Author for EKG.academy and Practicalclinicalskills.com. He is currently the Exam Chair for two certificate level credential examinations and is a Board of Trustees member for Cardiovascular Credentialing International. Mr. O’Brien is a graduate of the Community College of the Air Force with AAS degrees in Allied Health Science and Instructor of Technology and Military Science. Mr. O’Brien was awarded Master Instructor status upon completion of his Occupational Instructor Teaching Practicum requirements. Mr. O’Brien is currently credentialed as a Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT), Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT), Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). Tom is currently teaching in the Medical Assisting program shepherding Medical Assisting program students through the all-important Capstone MOD and other core courses as needed.
Mary Ann Castillo
Mary Ann Castillo earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of the Philippines and medical degree from St. Louis University also in the Philippines. She did her residency training in Pediatrics and subspecialty fellowship in Neonatology. She then practiced as a pediatrician and neonatologist there prior to moving to Hawaii in 1996. In 1998 she joined Remington College as a Clinical Medical Assisting Instructor, bringing to the classroom her concurrent experience working at a primary care clinic. Her coursework has included clinical and administrative subjects such as Medical Office Procedures, Clinical and Lab Skills, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Law and Ethics among others.
Throughout her time at Remington she has received several awards of recognition for her teaching abilities and dedication to education. She values sharing her knowledge with her students, investing in them and seeing to their success as future health care professionals.
Olivia Nagashima has been with RCI since 11/12/12, initially as the clinic instructor then promoted to Department Chair in August 2013. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and over 21 years of experience in the field of Massage Therapy. She is very well connected in the industry and has held many positions of involvement including President of the American Massage Therapy Association-Hawaii Chapter and also Chairperson of the Hawaii State Massage Board of Commission.
She continues to encourage her instructors and students to continue learning as this profession has evolved and become mainstream in alternative health care. She is very involved in the local community and volunteers several times a year with many non-profit companies like Special Olympics, NAMIWalk (National Alliance for Mental Illness), Executive Women’s International and Hospice Hawaii among many others. She is also very active with her local church in providing services in the community. She loves meeting people and spreading the healing benefits of massage therapy, one body at a time!
Lorrie Ann Wong
Lorrie Wong is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a Bachelors of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor with 25 years of experience. She has learned and practiced with many instructors throughout the world and her experiences have taken her from Hawaii to Thailand and across the United States, learning a multitude of techniques along the way.
Lorrie has an unparalleled passion for passing on her knowledge and has dedicated her life to learning and sharing with others. During her 13 years at Remington College she has been the recipient of 4 Teacher of the Quarter Awards and 16 Star Instructor Awards. She continues to share her love of health and wellness by striving to be the best teacher she can be.
Dr. Francisco Rengifo
Houston Southeast Campus
Francisco Rengifo received a Medical Doctor and Surgeon diploma from the Metropolitan University in Barranquilla Colombia, and his specialty in Clinical Pathology from the University of Cartagena Colombia. Dr. Rengifo is currently a Health Sciences titular instructor at Remington College South Campus.
A strong advocate of hands-on, inquiry-based learning, he involves his students in a variety of community services, problem-solving, and technology-infused activities that provide them with opportunities to use the learned information to help others. His professional interest focuses on communicative approaches to Sciences teaching, thematic planning, and cooperative learning. He was recently honored with the Remington College South Campus Faculty of the Year award on September 2018 for his contribution and dedication to his students.
Little Rock Campus
Stacy has lived most of her life in rural Central Arkansas. She is a graduate of Pulaski Technical College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with degrees in Paralegal Technology, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. In addition to being an Instructor at Remington College, she has been a paralegal, a Correctional Field Training Officer and a Correctional Officer throughout her career. Stacy has also been a licensed Private Investigator in the State of Arkansas since 2006 working criminal, civil and domestic cases in Arkansas and surrounding states. Her family is very important and her son and great nephew are my world. She loves working in the Criminal Justice system and enjoy passing her knowledge on to the students of Remington College.
Little Rock Campus
Business Administration Instructor-Kristie Smith is a practicing REALTOR® in central Arkansas. Currently, an Executive Broker with First National Realty, Bryant. She studied Consumer and Applied Psychology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in 2001. In 2003 she obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in Radio, Television and Film, after which she worked as part of morning show production team with local CBS Affiliate, KATV Channel 7.
Smith would later earn her Masters of Business Administration specializing in Marketing from Walden University. She began her career in advertising and marketing with Advantage Communications Advertising and Public Relations. More recently she has also been a Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist with her husband, Bryan Smiths’, boutique marketing agency, HUSH Marketing Consultant Group. As a consultant, Smith works with small businesses in building local name and brand recognition, utilizing target marketing, internet and social media strategies.
Kristie began her real estate career in Denver, Colorado at Armbrust Real Estate Institute, after starting a family. Upon returning to Arkansas, she worked for McKimmey Associates REALTORS®in 2012 and would later join Crye-Leike REALTORS® as a sales agent, specializing in foreclosed, bank owned, distressed and investments properties. She has worked with First National Realty since 2016. She is a member of the Little Rock REALTORS® Association, the Arkansas REALTORS® Association and a member of the National Association of REALTORS ®.
Mrs. Smith has been a Marketing and Public Relations instructor in the Schools of Business at the University of Phoenix, and Strayer University. She is the mother of two boys and loves HGTV
My name is Brittany Ball. I am a certified medical assistant. I grew up in Florida where I spent a lot of time active in my community. I volunteered at the local hospital in a group in my early teens called “Scrubs” where my passion for healthcare sky rocketed. I moved to the Memphis area and continued to follow my dreams. I have volunteered at St. Jude’s Children Hospital by spreading my love for music and hosting a karaoke party for the children. I have also taken part in a group to give less fortunate children a Christmas of their dreams. Giving to the community and spreading knowledge and positivity is a big part of my life I take advantage of being able to make people smile with any chance I get.
Hello My name is Sharrika Kendall-Knight. I am a High capable Healthcare professional with over 20 years of clinical proficiencies and multiple practice management experience. As a mother of four young men I strive to work hard and provide the best life I can for them . My dedication as an assistant has been very rewarding. Having years of a great foundation with Dr. Joseph Dove at Dove Family Dentistry I was fortunate to enjoy philanthropy outreach. I was giving opportunities to go on international trips where we assisted several doctors in Jamaica, Mexico and various places around the city. One of my Favorite parts of learning at Dove Family Dentistry was giving great service. I realized how special it was when I started to adventure out on my own in the world. I will continue to support and serve my community teaching patients and students to SHARE THEIR SMILE. Thank you
I have been teaching business courses at the college level for over 20 years; Owned my own business providing bookkeeping, administrative, and computer services to small businesses. Worked in the commodity industry for 10+ years in Accounting and as a Data Processing Manager. Early work history included accounting, sales, data entry /receptionist, secretary, administrative assistant, and bookkeeper.
Hello my name is Rochelle Edwards, I am the new Externship Coordinator here at Remington College of Mobile Al. I am married to Mr. Charles Williams we have 5 wonderful children together. I have worked in the medical field for over 25 years which I have enjoyed every minute of it. I started my career off just like some of our students as a Certified Medical Assistant were I have worked with all types of physicians’ offices and clinics. I became a Clinical Laboratory Technician were I worked for LabCorp of American for 11 years. I obtain my BS degree in Human Resource I then obtain my MBA in Healthcare Administration. I enjoy being able to motivate, encourage and educated students to becoming the best they can be in the healthcare industry especially doing it right here at Remington College.
I am originally from Grand Bay, AL. After graduating from Mobile County High School I focused on my family more than a career. After my children were a little older I decided to go back to school to further my education and I chose medical assisting as a way to enter into the medical field. I received my Associate of Science Degree in Medical Assisting from Virginia College. I was employed with Springhill Medical Center for 6 years. The office I worked for was a multi-specialty office and I was able to work in several areas, including Family Practice, Pain Management, Industrial Medicine, OBGYN, and Internal Medicine. This allowed me to learn new skills and become more proficient in others. Along with phlebotomy, EKG, limited X-ray, and medication administration, I was certified in drug screen collections for worker’s compensation. After receiving students from local schools to complete their externships in medical assisting, I realized I had a passion for teaching. When a position became available I was thrilled at the opportunity to become a full time instructor with Remington College. This has allowed me to continue my love of teaching, while enjoying my family and my new granddaughter.
She is a graduate of Columbia State Community College w/ an Associate of Applied Science & Tennessee State University w/ a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Antionette has 15 years of professional experience through servicing the public through Dentistry. She enjoys empowering students and spending time with her family. She has been with Remington college for 7 years. During her journey, she has learned the true meaning of being of service to our students. She has a true passion for people and that is what drives her professionally.
Mary Rophael is our first recipient of the Faculty of the year Award. She has been with Remington College for 8 years teaching in the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs. Her Bachelor degree is in Dental Science and is currently CPR & CDA certified. She enjoys swimming and listening to classic music in her free time. A quote that best describe her “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” Oprah Winfrey.
Trish has over 30 years of experience in the dental field and previously taught dental hygiene at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN. She has a passion for dentistry and loves to share that with her students.
North Houston Campus
Ms. Cox has been in the medical field for approximately 30 years. She began as a lab tech and eventually cross trained as a Medical Assistant. Denise has worked in hospitals, walk-in facilities, and private doctor’s offices and with many specialists.
When she began in the medical field, she was terrified of needles. Denise signed up to become a lab technician, not knowing it involved needles. It was one of those situations that she found herself in and wondered how she got there. She ended up working in a large hospital lab in Louisville, Ky. Each department arrived at 7 am then went to the floors to collect the blood. Denise learned on patients as It was a choice to either sink (fail) or swim (succeed). Even though in the beginning she was terrified, she persevered. Denise became very good at this and was always the go-to person when there was a difficult patient. She’d become so confident and mastered her phlebotomy skills, she had patients that only allowed her to draw their blood.
After a divorce some years ago, she decided to return to school. She attended a technical school like Remington College. It was Keiser University in Daytona Beach, FL. Denise signed up to become a massage therapist and also obtained her associates degree there. This career led her to work a few years at Disney World in one of their spas. Then she found an ad for massage therapy instructor. Later, she applied for the position and they decided that another massage therapy instructor wasn’t needed so weeks later she returned to interview for Medical Assistant instructor position and was hired.
Denise relocated to Houston, TX and had been in the Lone Star state for almost 6 years before she began teaching again. In January 2014, she received a call from Remington College to interview for a Medical Assisting instructor and Mrs. Collins, Campus Dean hired her. She enjoys working for Remington College and most of all she enjoys interacting with her students. A large part of her contribution to the college is to teach the Medical Assisting Fundamentals course, MA 111. Every new student who enters the college has the privilege of learning from Ms. Cox as this is considered the burn ion module.
She never imagined that she would be a teacher as she was often referred to as the shy, sensitive, easily overwhelmed girl from a very small town, Rochester, KY. Denise was recently named Faculty Member of the year (September 2018) for the North Houston Campus and the honor is greatly deserved as she gives her best to the students of Remington College.